Documentation and description of

Map of Lower Fungom

the languages of Lower Fungom

North West Region, Cameroon

This work is currently funded by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0853981. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


October 2

Slides for UT Austin colloquium.

Papers, handouts, and sketches

Many of the papers linked to here are prepublication versions only and may have undergone significant revision upon publication. If a downloadable version of a paper is not available on this site please contact Jeff Good ( to request a preprint or an offprint.


Ning Deng (in collaboration with Jan Chomicki and Jeff Good). Language documentation data collection module for the FAIMS app.

To appear

Di Carlo, Pierpaolo, Jeff Good, and Rachel Ojong. Multilingualism in Rural Africa. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics.

Di Carlo, Pierpaolo. Towards an understanding of African endogenous multilingualism: Ethnography, language ideologies, and the supernatural. International Journal of Sociology of Language.

Jeff Good. Interdisciplinarity in areal documentation: Experiences from Lower Fungom, Cameroon. Submitted for a volume on interdisciplinary approaches to language documentation edited by Susan Penfield.


Di Carlo Pierpaolo, Jeff Good, Ling Bian, Yujia Pan and Penghang Liu. Socio-spatial networks, multilingualism, and language use in a rural African context. In Paolo Fogliaroni, Andrea Ballatore, and Eliseo Clementini (eds.), Proceedings of Workshops and Posters at the 13th International Conference on Spatial Information Theory (COSIT 2017). Berlin: Springer. 35–39.


Lovegren, Jesse and Rebecca Voll. Relative clauses in two Yemne-Kimbi languages. In Gratien Atindogbé and Rebecca Grollemund (eds), Relative clauses in some Cameroonian Languages: Structure, function and semantism. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. 169–2018.


Di Carlo, Pierpaolo. Multilingualism, solidarity, and magic: New perspectives on traditional language ideologies in the Cameroonian Grassfields. Proceedings of the XLVI International Congress of the Societa' Italiana di Linguistica.


Tatang, Joyce Yasho. Aspects of Kung Grammar. Masters thesis, University of Buea.


Di Carlo, Pierpaolo and Jeff Good. What are we trying to preserve? Diversity, change, and ideology at the edge of the Cameroonian Grassfields. In Peter K. Austin and Julia Sallabank (eds.), Endangered languages: Beliefs and ideologies in language documentation and revitalization. Oxford: OUP. 229–262.

Esene Agwara, Angiachi Demetris. Rural multilingualism in the North West Region of Cameroon: The case of Lower Fungom. Masters thesis, University of Buea.

Lovegren, Jesse. Mungbam grammar. Ph.D. dissertation, University at Buffalo.

Mve, Jean Patrick. Aspects of the phonology of Fáŋ (draft version). Masters thesis, University of Yaoundé.

Ngako Yonga, Monique Doriane. Ébauche phonologique et morphologique de la langue bu. Masters thesis, University of Yaoundé.


Di Carlo, Pierpaolo and Giovanna Pizziolo. Spatial reasoning and GIS in linguistic prehistory: Two case studies from Lower Fungom (Northwest Cameroon). Language Dynamics and Change 2:150–183.

Good, Jeff. How to become a ‘Kwa’ noun. Morphology 22:294–335.

Good, Jeff. ‘Community’ collaboration in Africa: Experiences from Northwest Cameroon. In Peter K. Austin and Stuart McGill (eds.), Language Documentation and Description, Volume 11. London: SOAS. 28–58.

Lovegren, Jesse. Stem initial prominence in Mungbam. In Michael R. Marlo, Nikki B. Adams, Christopher R. Green, Michelle Morrison, and Tristan M. Purvis (ed.), Selected proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference on African Linguistics. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla. 47–54.

Lovegren, Jesse. Suppletive (?) tonal alternations in Munken. LSA Annual Meeting extended abstracts 2012.

Lovegren, Jesse. Sparse notes on Baazəm. Draft.

Voll, Rebecca. Tonal Variation in the tense system of Mundabli, Western Beboid (Bantoid, Cameroon). In Matthias Brenzinger and Anne-Maria Fehn (eds.), Proceedings of the 6th World Congress of African Linguistics, Cologne, 17–21 August 2009. Köln : Rüdiger Köppe Verlag. 533–544.


Good, Jeff, Jesse Lovegren, Jean Patrick Mve, Carine Nguanguep Tchiemouo, Rebecca Voll, and Pierpaolo Di Carlo. The languages of the Lower Fungom region of Cameroon: Grammatical overview. Africana Linguistica 17:101–164.

Di Carlo, Pierpaolo. Lower Fungom linguistic diversity and its historical development: Proposals from a multidisciplinary perspective. Africana Linguistica 17:53–100.

Lovegren, Jesse. [ATR] contrast in a harmony-less language: The case of Mungbam. Draft.

Lovegren, Jesse. The linguistic phonetic properties of Mungbam vowels, and their areal-historical and theoretical significance. Qualifying paper, University at Buffalo, Department of Linguistics.